We have explored the pandemic of chronic illness that patients are experiencing. We have also explored how hormone replacement therapy can safely and effectively prevent or even treat many chronic illnesses by delving into the robust medical literature supporting hormone replacement. After learning how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can help patients fight chronic disease, providers may ultimately desire to add this form of medicine to their practice, so how do they go about doing that? The answer: training, of course.
Previously, we discussed how patients are taking more medications and experiencing an endless conundrum of health issues. The systemic failure to address the root causes of disease is a huge part of the problem. Along with the proven benefits of a healthy diet, exercise, and stress management, we can greatly improve health outcomes by utilizing another evidence-based strategy: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT.
If you’ve taken any of Worldlink Medical’s CME courses with Dr. Neal Rouzier, you’ve learned about the hornet’s nest of controversy over prescribing hormones to women in menopause that’s been stirred up over the past two decades. You may be familiar with the landmark 2002 study, The Women’s Health Initiative but you may be a little confused on the results and actual implications of the study results vs what the media reports.
Have you experienced the frustration of a patient who never seems to get better?
You’ve diagnosed them with insulin resistance or even full-blown Type II Diabetes. You’ve counseled them on changing her diet. You’ve prescribed metformin to reduce glucose production in the liver. But on the next visit, their fasting blood glucose hasn’t changed or is even a bit higher. Their hemoglobin A1C isn’t budging. They lost a couple of pounds early on, but gained it back after a few weeks.
You’ve asked her how they are doing with changing the way they eat and they say, “I’m trying.”
Worst of all, your patient is clearly feeling discouraged. They are ready to give up. “What’s the use?”
If you’ve ever experienced this scenario, you’re not alone. This frustration comes up all the time in our discussions with providers at our BHRT Workshop Series.
Although not all hormones are created equal, you may find that when speaking to your doctor about hormone therapy, the names are used interchangeably and without regard for source or structure. That’s why it’s important for you to know the disparities in hormonal therapy and how those variations can make a huge difference in how you feel and your overall, long-term health.